Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A Barnyard Breakfast

We took The Traveling Tablescape Show on the road again this week and headed to the newlywed niece's farmhouse for a little barnyard breakfast. Yes, the sister lives on the farm too, but it's the niece who has the great old weathered barn boards.

So off we went to the country
with our dishes...
and our linens...
and our flowers...
and our props.

Even my grandmother's old kitchen table
made the thirty mile country commute.
This is some hard core tablescaping, folks.

Our inspiration came from my favorite old tablecloth. This one did not come from the vintage trunk but from the Duchess’s every day closet. It was a shower gift from the Great Wedding Adventure of 1957 and has the faded beauty of a well loved treasure.

I think those are supposed to be colorful turtle doves,
but for today, 
let's pretend they are
 barn swallows.

The sister made the tan and white napkins
 from remnants
 used in my niece’s decorating.
I made that 
faded vintage fabric
for the matching napkins myself
by printing it on my computer. 

We decorated the side of that barn
and brought along some
faded old accessories.
The yard chickens are as old as the tablecloth.
The Duchess bought them on her  honeymoon
as a gift for her grandmother.

They're MINE  now.

These cream and sugar pigs
belonged to that same (great) grandmother.

She purchased them from a peddler,
and she was fun enough to actually use them.
My own grandmother’s cookbooks
add a little more faded glory.

That egg crate isn’t a family piece.

The Duchess purchased it along the way.

The toile rimmed dinner plates were a gift from a British friend and made in her hometown. Other than that, the dinnerware is unremarkable and chosen for the colors.

You just don’t bring your bone china into the barnyard…

The requisite
decoupaged doodad
Coasters made from photo copies of the tablecloth.

So there you have it.
We so greatly appreciated the niece
 inviting  allowing us to invade her space 
that we invited her to pretend to join us at the table.

Making it a barnyard breakfast for four

One old hen
One cute chick

And a couple of

I'm sharing this at
 Between Naps on the Porch 


Denise said...

You certainly have a way with words! Since I'm pretty sure who the old hen and cute chick are, am I correct in assuming that you, dear sister, and I are the two hams? Well, we did have lots of fun even though the heat was a bit overwhelming. And BTW, your napkins turned out perfectly IMO.

Anonymous said...

Love this post! This is an awesome tablescape.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

What fun! and what a fabyoulous table setting.
It's always a delight to see your photos and read your posts.

Linda W said...

Love it! Now I have ideas about how I'll use my antique egg crate. I'm another antique shop junkie!

Too cute!

Ann said...

What a fabulous setting for the breakfast for four! I am amazed that you even thought of decorating the barn wall! I continue to be amazed .....

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh what a fun and lovely tablescape. I love all the heirlooms being worked into it and to take this all on the road is just unreal. LOVE IT!!!!! Hugs, Marty

FrouFrouBritches said...

OH MY GRACIOUS! This is my FAVORITE so far. I'm such a down home girl, ya know. Everything looks so sweet! Love the old cookbooks. Your faux vintage napkins look great and so do the cute plaid ones sis made (Denise?). Love it all! I'm totally in love with the egg crate and the chickens too! COULD NOT LOVE IT MORE! Makes me want a big country breakfast - smoked ham, fried eggs, biscuits, and homemade muscadine jelly. YUM!

Amy Kinser said...

That looks awesome. How much fun you ladies have to have together. I want to come and help ya'll.

One ya'll actually eat when you do a table up like this? If so, I want to know what you had. I'm thinking fried eggs, bacon and sausage, good old white milk gravy, homemade bisquits, cheese grits, molasses, homemade peach butter...can you tell I love breakfast?

Vanessa said...

I love that one! That tablecloth is beautiful and I think you win the prize for being the most dedicated tablescaper hauling all of that stuff. Sometimes when I have been out on my deck in my robe and slippers at 7am pretending its dinner time as I set up my tablescape I realize just how crazy all of this can get! Especially when my neighbors start looking at me funny! :-)

Debbie said...

Why, Amy, that's exactly what we had!

Nah, just kidding. This one was for the invisible people and just pretend. In fact, we waited until the south Georgia afternoon to do it and nearly died of the heat this time.

Bright, aren't we?

And Vanessa, if you think the neighbor's looks are bad, you should have seen the ones we were getting from the cows in the nearby pasture. Grin.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful table - yet again!!

I have always been a fan of barn red and sunflower yellow - with just a hint of green in there - so this table really suited my color sense. And the napkins (yours AND sister's) are adorable - the perfect "finishing touch."

Gotta admit, though - I was getting a LITTLE nervous until I saw the pictures of the coasters...What have you done to me? I'm a decoupage nut now. I go to restaurants and the first thing I ask the server is, "Excuse me, but where's the decoupage?!?"

Seriously, you can add this "old sheep" in California to the table - and my final comment is, "NOT BAAAAD..." (Please tell me you speak "Sheepish...")

I'm just sayin'... :) (That's for sis!) xoxo

Kathleen said...

Well, you couldn't get more authentic than that! Fabulous! A perfect Barnyard Bash!

bj said...

Too too cute.. Love it all..
Just perfect for THE BASH...:)

The Inspired Nest said...

What a fun setting for a tablescape. I especially love the tablecloth and napkins. They really set the mood!

Mary said...

This is too fun...I certainly enjoy all the effort that it took to take your tablescape on the road & I love all your barnyard animals~ from the "barn swallows" to those adorable pig cream & sugars! Those cookbooks of your grandmother's add a nice farm touch too :-)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is so delightful! What a fun table you've set for breakfast. Love the barn charm. All your pieces you've set are so fun to have from your family. Love this.

Tricia said...

Hardcore tablescaping, indeed! LOVE this table, and it's chock full of wonderful, creative ideas! I've got to go read your napkin post now. That tablecloth is a treasure!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Wow! Where do I begin? First off, you hauled the table too? Really? LOL! I love it! You are dedicated for sure! This is a wonderful barnyard setting by far! I really love that you even decorated the side of the barn too! Gorgeous linens, old and new! Your props are fantastic right down to the egg crate and cookbooks! I really love your barnyard table!

Diann said...

What a beautifully put together table! Everything is just perfect and so fun. Wonderful job!

The Tablescaper said...

Fun table and I LOVE the linens.

- The Tablescaper

Jacqueline said...

How fun, I know it was a ton of work to take the tablescape offsite, but it was worth it for us, your readers. I did it with a picnic with my hubby and it requires a ton of packing! What a great location, so I am glad you chicks and hams took us along for the ride.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Well you certainly get the prize for effort--moving a table?? And the outcome was worth all the work. I love the linens and the little creamer and sugar. So much fun! Linda

podso said...

Great tablescape, I love the colors. And you certainly brought all the props! Nice!

Susie @ Step inside my home said...

The tablecloth is gorgeous!! It looks perfect with your table setting! You have such a neat way of blending all your table elements together. Beautiful job! ~Susie

Marigene said...

I'd be very happy to sit at your barnyard breakfast table...cute, cute, cute!

Anita Diaz said...

Well this is just perfect! Love the setting too. I want the linens!!! It's all beautiful and so welcoming!

Miss Merry said...

So fun! Both your table and your post. I enjoy reading your stories as much as I enjoy your wonderful tables. The cream and sugar are just precious.

Unknown said...

STOP!!!! I love this one even more than the blue and yellow...and I love blue and yellow. Way cute!!!

Sue said...

I agree with Miss Merry ~ I don't know which I enjoy more ~ your very fun and every detail perfect tables, or your oh so funny replay!! The invisible people are very lucky.

sweet violets said...

OH MY GOSH.....what great fun!!! This is terrific and what great energy you all the linens and the stories.....Cleo

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Debbie, this is just the most wonderful tablescape, but it wouldn't be nearly as wonderful without your wonderful text that goes along with it. You just make me smile. That's all there is to it!

Entertaining Women said...

"You just don't bring your bone china to the barnyard." I'm laughing! I think that the Duchess and you are great blessings to each other. Does she ever say, "Well done, grasshopper!' ? I love the tablescape...every single detail. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Scribbler said...

I hope you actually ate breakfast on this gorgeous table after you did it! You went to a serious amount of trouble to wow us all -- it worked! I love everything -- guess that about covers it!

Anonymous said...

FUN,FUN again,just love visiting and traveling round with yall.

Sarah said...

This is one cute barnyard table. You are a tabelscaper after my own heart. Taking it on the road! I love that expression. I'm still at work on my post. See you later at the Bash. ~ Sarah

Chubby Chieque said...

You are a very clever lady to use your barn. Sitting there for a brekky nor dinner is just so nice and romantic.

Just wish I have one. Love all your treasures.

Happy TS...

Greetings from Stockholm,

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Debbie,
thanks for coming by and leaving such sweet
comments on my beachy tablescape. Loved your
barnyard table, it is adorable. loved the lil
piggies at the end too. so cute!
Very Creative and well put together table hon.
so nice to meet you,
Blessings, Nellie

Barbara said...

What fun! Every little detail is just so perfect.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Love your fun, vintage table. What a beautiful location....I'll bet breakfast tasted twice as good.

a quiet life said...

that was darling~

Sallie said...

I'm ready for Breakfast! I love, love, love this setting. Thanks for the inspiration.

Tea in Texas said...

Cute Country! I love the photo of the table next to the wire fence. You have so much fun with your tablescapes it shows in your photos and story. I just love it all.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

You are so much fun! I feel sure that chatting with you would be non-stop fun! Such a cute post! Love that tablecloth, and you are so smart to make the napkins and coasters to match. I'm going to have to go back and read about those napkins. Perfect background for a barnyard breakfast! laurie

Marlis said...

I love your dialogue.. it makes me smile every time. Your table is gorgeous. The napkin idea is perfect. I love the idea of copying fabric. I've used this same technique when trying to fix and old quilt. Only I used Printed Treasures sheets (ready for printing). Your chickens and the colors of the dishes are great. What a perfect backdrop. This is some serious tablescaping!!!

Thanks for dropping by, we've been out of town and now i'm trying to catch up!!

Holly Lefevre said...

Sheer perfection. I want to have a barnyard breakfast like that. Those pig sugar/creamers are too cute! The entire tablescape is amazing.


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